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Olive Oil Soap Gentle enough for sensitive skin! A shaving, dry-skin must have!
Olive Oil Soap Gentle enough for sensitive skin! A shaving, dry-skin must have! BUY HERE GREEK OLIVE OIL SOAP

Greek Olive Oil Soap Ingredients Cretan Olive Oil, Coconut Oil , Cocoa Butter , Cretan Organic Olive Oil Leaf

Brazilian Espresso Coffee Soap from Natural handcrafted Soap
Brazilian Espresso Coffee Soap from Natural handcrafted Soap – GET FROM AMAZON.COM COFFEE SOAP

Packed with freshly ground Brazilian coffee and cocoa butter ,it wont disappoint any coffee lover or anyone who can appreciate the aroma of a fresh brewed exotic coffee Brazilian coffee grinds absorb garlic and onion and fish smell off your fingers, we recommended this soap as a hand and body soap .A must in the Kitchen.

Ingredients
Palm kernel, olive, coconut, almond oils, vegetable oils, coffee butter, ground Brazilian espresso, and hazelnut oil, vanilla , cocoa butter  

Lavender Rose Soap - (Natural lavender . Rose Soap)
Lavender Rose Soap – (Natural lavender . Rose Soap)

We love the fresh scent of lavender Rose Petals. This is a soap  for those  who are lavender lovers. This  Lovely Lavender Soap Look Good on Your Bathroom.

Brazilian sweet almond oil provides extra softening properties. Hazelnut oil from Brazil is said to be an excellent choice for it's ability to tone and tighten skin. We use the highest quality cocoa butter .
Brazilian sweet almond oil provides extra softening properties. Hazelnut oil from Brazil is said to be an excellent choice for it’s ability to tone and tighten skin. We use the highest quality cocoa butter . BUY THIS ALMOND HAZELNUT SOAP HERE

 

Softsoap liquid soap Robert R. Taylor dies

Robert R. Taylor, an entrepreneur of hygiene who made hand-washing a tidier, less slippery job by introducing Softsoap, the first mass-market pumpable liquid soap that rendered the traditional bar obsolete, died Aug. 29 in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 77.
He described Softsoap — dispensed with the gentle press of a miniature pump — as “soap without the soapy mess.” Its arrival was heralded by a staggering $6 million advertising campaign. Even more staggering was a go-for-broke gamble by Mr. Taylor that became a twice-told tale of business school.
Like a hand maker soap I like to  take a moment to remember and pay tribute to the lives of the handcrafted artisan  Robert R. Taylor more  detailed about

Robert R. Taylor dies at 77; entrepreneur of hygiene who introduced

Washington Post-Sep 14, 2013
Robert R. Taylor, an entrepreneur of hygiene who made hand-washing a tidier, less slippery job by introducing Softsoap, the first mass-market 
 

 This news made me reminder my  Grandmother’s also Pioneered of  handmade with Essential oils in Brazil..

Century Old Family of Natural Handcrafted Soap

Santa Lucia Murari Borba was a farmer’s daughter from Murari’s Borba, born in Italy 1904. She moved to Brazil in 1917 from her home in Tuscany – Italy , where she had to learn to make soap from scratch and essential oils from the plants out of necessity.

After years of making soap for her 13 children, her family finally convinced her to open a small soap shop in Sao Paulo Brazil where she made soaps with her family for 25 years, those soap recipes found there way to North Carolina last year when I went back to Brazil for Christmas and asked grandmother for food recipes to bring back to NC. While looking through boxes of recipes we came across all her old soap and essential oil recipes.

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Coffee From Brazil -coffee bean love story

Coffee From Brazil -coffee bean love story

In 1727, a military man, Captain Francisco de Mello Palheta, introduced prized coffee seeds from French Guyana for the very first time in Brazil. At the time, French Guyana had a monopoly on coffee beans and refused to make them available to Brazilians.
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Through charm and romance, Captain de Mello Palheta wooed a sample of coffee beans from the governor’s wife who rewarded him for his personal flair with a bouquet of flowers where she hid coffee beans as a gift for “memories’ sake.” This was the beginning of the coffee trade for Brazil. At the time, sugar was the main crop in Brazil. However, it was quickly surpassed by coffee.

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The “Fazendas de Café” (coffee plantations) were run as small states by coffee growing families committed to establishing an image of nobility and high class status. About 67% of all farms have less than 10 acres. About 25% of farms have less than 50 acres. The remaining 8% exceed 50 acres. As the song goes in Brazil, “…they’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil…”

What is amazing about this huge land mass is that only 7% represents arable land; 1% permanent crops and the balance (92%) other use such as urban, mangroves, jungle, forests, etc.

International immigration has played a very influential role in the development of Brazilian culture. The heritage of most Brazilians today who have traced their family trees include European, African, Amerindian, Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds. Without any doubt, this is one of the most interesting features of Brazilian culture, music, cuisine and traditions. It is well worth tasting a cup of Brazilian Santos Bourbon with some smooth Samba music in the background.

Brazilian coffee tradition. Coffee regions, music, art and cultural traditions. The “cafezinho” tradition. Benefits of a Coffee Club Membership.

Introduction: how coffee arrived in Brazil
Brazil’s Coffee Regions
Brazil’s Coffee, Music, Art and Cultural Traditions
The Brazilian “Cafezinho” Tradition
The benefits of a Coffee Club Membership
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Brazil’s Coffee Regions
There are three main coffee growing areas in Brazil: Mogiana, Sul Minas and Cerrado. These areas feature moderate sunlight and rain. The temperatures are steady year-round at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal to grow Arabica and Robusta coffee trees. Arabica accounts for about 70% of total harvest. Robusta, a hardier plant that produces lower quality beans makes up the remaining 30%.

The Mogiana region: This is the area along the border of São Paulo and Minas Gerais states north of São Paulo. The Mogiana coffee region is named after the Companhia Mogiana Estrada de Ferro train line that ran through this area when trains and coffee were inseparable companions in commercial and community development. The Mogiana area is known for its rich red soil.

The Sul Minas region: This is the heart of Brazil’s coffee country. The rugged, rolling hills of Sul Minas, are located in the southern part of Minas Gerais state northeast of São Paulo.

The Cerrado region: This is a high, semi-arid plateau surrounding the city of Patrocinio, between São Paulo and Brasilia. This area is located in Brazil’s central high plains region.
Of all the coffees growing in these regions, Brazilian Santos Bourbon is Brazil’s best well known Specialty Coffee.

Enjoy a cup of Santos Bourbon gourmet coffee!

Santos is a market name referring to the port through which this coffee is traditionally shipped.
The Arabica coffee plants that produce this coffee came from the rich volcanic soils of the island of Bourbon, now called the Island of Reunion.
From a historical perspective, the island of Reunion is located in the Indian Ocean, East of Madagascar. This island was an important stopover on the East Indian trading route. When the Suez Canal opened, the island lost its importance.
Fortunately for Brazil, the trees imported from the island of Reunion took root very well and started one of Brazil’s main cash crops.
Brazilian Santos Bourbon is a light bodied coffee, with low acidity, a pleasing aroma and a mild, smooth flavor. Brazilian Santos Bourbon is dry-processed (dried inside the fruit) which is why some of the sweetness of the fruit carries into the cup.
Brazil’s Coffee, Music, Art and Cultural Traditions
Coffee is one of Brazil’s most valuable and widely traded commodity crops.
Brazil’s origins make it a musical country full of passion, sentiment and joy: Indians’ reed flutes; Portuguese viola players, and African thrilling drum rhythms. Brazilian music includes the soft sounds of bossa nova, the driving beat of samba and other rhythms based on percussion instruments and hand clapping.

The exact origin of samba is unknown. Perhaps it was born in the streets of Rio de Janeiro from a combination of Portuguese courtly songs, African rhythms and native Indian fast footwork. The reality is samba remains a part of Rio de Janeiro’s streets. Carnival is one of the largest parties on Earth when hundreds of samba schools and thousands of people put on an unforgettable display of colors, music, noise and, yes, a lot of Brazilian coffee!

Coffee, Music and Art

Coffee is very much a part of Brazilian life where people encourage each other to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, to smell the flowers and to listen to the songbirds. There is a connection between coffee, songbirds and samba, Brazil’s most popular rhythm. The natural sounds of songbirds influence many musical tunes and variations. The costumes of Carnival and daily clothing reflect colorful images and hues inspired by local wildlife.

Across the country, there is a growing awareness of the wildlife habitat reduction as a result of urbanization, conventional modern farming and deforestation. As a result, shade grown coffee, the traditional method of coffee farming, is growing in acceptance among farmers who recognize it as a positive alternative for wildlife conservation.

The Brazilian “Cafezinho” Tradition:
The “cafezinho” tradition is as Brazilian as Apple Pie is American. “Cafezinho” is the diminutive word in Portuguese for coffee. In Brazil, however, “cafezinho” is the way to welcome anyone into homes, businesses or just about anywhere. In Brazil it does not take long to learn the phrase “você quer um cafezinho?” (do you want a little coffee?). This is a question heard everywhere, all day long and almost always followed by a very small cup of very potent coffee. You can call it a mini espresso with a powerful punch!

Brazilians drink coffee all day long at specialty coffee bars, bakeries, restaurants, street cafes, and just about anywhere. Brazilians are very personable. Business meetings usually start with casual conversation and it is up to the host to start the business discussion. Often, Brazilians have “cafezinho” in the middle of a business discussion.
At such times, they may switch to non-business related talk, including storytelling prompted by the fragrance of the coffee which brings memory of a childhood experience or some other event.

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(Almost) Grandma’s  Soap

A short history of soap.

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A short history of soap

Soap is a wonderful thing. Most folks are so used to simply choosing a (brand) from the supermarket shelf; they never think about whats in it or how its made or whether its even good for them. Nevertheless, because we use it every day on our bodies, its worth knowing a little bit about how soap is made and where it comes from. When you think about it, the common act of washing our hands has revolutionized history. (Our world would not exist), if mankind had not at some point begun to bathe. When asked, most folks cannot define the word soap. It’s something we take for granted. But what is it? Soap is made from vegetable or animal fats and oils, mixed with a caustic alkali such as sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide (potash), which initiates a chemical reaction called saponification. The traditional method of producing potash was to steep wood ashes in water.

Soap does not occur naturally, but the process of creating it is so simple that its discovery probably occurred long before the first villages and towns came into being. There is a legend, repeated endlessly in soap making books and websites, which tells of a certain hill in Rome called Mount Sapo. There was supposedly a temple on the top of this hill where animals were sacrificed in the fire, and the fats and ashes ran downhill into a river. Women doing their laundry discovered that their clothes became cleaner when they washed them at the foot of (Mt. Sapo). It’s an attractive story, but it probably never happened. No one knows anything about a hill called Mt. Sapo, by a river or anywhere else. Something like this may have occurred at some distant place and time, but even so it certainly does not mark the first discovery of soap.

Soap was probably first discovered when fire pits, used season after season by bands of hunters, were rained on. The animal fats from many kills would have dripped down into the ashes, and the rains would have (soaked) the ashes to create a crude form of lye. Yes, the cave men probably knew how to make and use soap! Soap has been found in excavations at ancient Babylon, dating from 2800 BC. An ancient medical papyrus from Egypt describes the healing properties of vegetable oils mixed with alkali salts.

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Interestingly, the idea of using soap for personal hygiene and cleansing seems to have come along fairly late. It was used mainly for washing wool and (cleaning laundry) long before anyone thought of using it to clean themselves. Ashes and animal fat were (and still are) smeared on the body by primitive peoples to create a startling or distinctive appearance. Stripes or patches of different colors would also have been useful in the hunt, functioning exactly like a tiger’s stripes or the camouflage worn by hunters today. Once colored pigments were added, both war paint and cosmetics came into being. However, a simple mix of fat and ashes is not soap, but a precursor. For oils to saponify, ashes must be converted to lye. It was this process that must have been most elusive to our earliest ancestors. Even so, there is abundant evidence that the properties of caustic alkali salts were appreciated at a very early time.


Strictly speaking, ashes steeped in water do not create lye, but potash. Lye is a caustic sodium salt which is made from brine. The process for creating this chemical on an industrial scale was invented in the 19th century, and had a huge impact on the soap industry. Prior to that time, most soap was made with potash or a refined form call pearlash. Potash is a caustic salt of potassium rather than sodium. It is still used today in the production of liquid soaps. The addition of table salt or sodium chloride to harden soap was known at least as early as the Roman era, and in various locations natural deposits of caustic alkali were known to exist. Nevertheless, the use of sodium salts in the form of lye to create hard soaps was a late development.

Many other ancient peoples also discovered the usefulness of soap. The ancient Romans, Celts, Hebrews, Phoenicians and Egyptians all knew how to saponify various fats and oils. There is supposedly a preserved soap factory at Pompeii, complete with finished, modern-looking bars, although more recent study of the site has thrown doubt on what this space may actually have been used for.

Following the collapse of the Roman Empire, much of Europe forgot how to make soap. Bathing remained popular, but it was often considered risque or even a little sacrilegious. St. Jerome is supposed to have said that having been washed clean in Christ, it was not necessary to bathe again. It was a time when the Church held the great masses of people in an iron grip of ignorance and poverty. The filth and unsanitary conditions of medieval Europe contributed to plagues and all kinds of illness. Still, there were (soap making) centers in Italy and France as early as the 9th century.

Personal cleanliness did not gain mass popularity in Europe until the 17th century. Eventually, though, soap making industries did emerge in Italy and France. Vegetable oils and purified animal fats (lard and tallow) were blended with costly scents and colorants, as well as various kinds of botanical essences. In the 14th century the French emerged as the makers of the finest soaps, using imported oils instead of tallow. In England, where soap making had long been a byproduct of the chandler’s trade, soap making had yet to come into its own. Soap makers who tried to specialize found themselves so heavily taxed that it was difficult to stay in business.

The Muslims who occupied Spain and North Africa during the height of the Islamic empire maintained a high level of cleanliness. Their cities were clean, beautiful and well-lit, and their universities attracted scholars from around the world. In science, art, medicine, philosophy, and many of the basic aspects of civilization, the Muslims provided the foundation which eventually lifted Europe up from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. Throughout the Muslim world, soap was made from olive, palm, laurel and other oils. In Spain, the region called Castilla is remembered for a mild soap made from pure olive oil. True castile soap, made from olive oil or olive pomace oil (the oil drained and pressed from the leftover material from the olive press), is a soft white bar that is extremely mild. It doesn’t lather very well, though, and soap makers experimented with adding other oils. Advances in shipping and exploration brought new materials to the marketplace, and soap makers learned that coconut oil produces a luxurious lather; while palm oil stabilizes the mixture and produces a hard, long-lasting bar. Castor oil attracts moisture to the skin and adds lather as well. Many other oils are used for their healing and conditioning properties.

Soap was heavily taxed as a luxury item well into the 19th century, especially by the British. Once the taxes were lifted, soap became available to ordinary people, and sanitary conditions improved. Commercial soapmaking in America dates from 1608, when soapmakers arrived from England aboard the first ship to follow the Mayflower

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Santa Lucia Palin Murari Borba was a farmer’s daughter from Murari’s Borba, born in Italy 1904, who pioneered the natural handcrafted soap industry with essential oils in Brazil
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